About Me

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I have a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).

I have an avid interest in Genealogy which began as an adolescent; I was always looking at pictures, wanting to know who the people were and their stories. There were a LOT of pictures to look at since my father was a professional photographer. I think my love of photography comes from him. My mother was a quintessential story-teller and history lover. Most of the oral history about her family AND my father’s family comes from her.

This blog was created to help me organize my genealogy research and act as a backup system and repository for all of the information I have collected thus far and will continue to collect. Broussard, Gregory, Sledge, Williams are the main surnames in my family tree but are not excluded to those particular surnames (see this page). Duck and Sanders are the surnames that I am researching for my brother (he has a different father).  I will be adding more names to the family tree as they are found. I intend to upload photos, certificates, newspaper articles, etc., with or without transcription. From time to time I will include my personal observations as well as share my memories of events that occurred in the past and my reactions at uncovering more of my family history.

I pursue genealogy not only to find out who I am and where my antecedents came from but for my descendants: my son and any other children who will inherit from me. This is for the future generations of genealogists in my family. I want to pave the way for them so they will not have to do nearly as much work finding our ancestors as I have. They will have solid roots and continue nurturing the family tree, hopefully growing new limbs and branches as technology becomes increasingly advanced and as more historical documents/pictures are digitized. This is also to help me make connections with family members unknown to me, should they want to establish contact and compare genealogy research.

If you’d like to keep up with new posts, either click “follow by email” or enter your email address (located on the sidebar). Feel free to email me if you have additional information on any of these families or have questions: taragregory.bgsw@yahoo.com

9 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. thank you so much for doing this. it was a delight reading and i will send you info on my father’s side(Stewart). would you like that in an email or me mailing you a hard copy?

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    1. It is my pleasure! I love doing it and sharing what I find. I believe that the information should be accessible to ALL family. I don’t expect a thank you from anyone but I’m equally delighted when family helps me so that I can fill in the blanks, find MORE information and share it! Do you have a scanner? If so, it would be easier to scan what you have, save it as .jpg or .pdf file and email it to me. I can always print documents or pictures out if needed. This would not require any money on your part (postage or copies) and hopefully easier for you. Let me know if you don’t have a scanner.

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  2. Hi there! We are related! I am Kelli Williams. My last name comes from my father side, but Lula Williams Allen was my great grandmother on my mothers side. She was my grandmother’s mother. My grandmother was Essie Zipporah Allen Bryson. Originally from Macon, Mississippi, but settled in Detroit.

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    1. Hey cousin Kelli! I’m delighted you came here. If there is anything I can help you with do let me know. I’d appreciate it if you could share oral history of the family as I don’t know much of that. You can find records but it doesn’t tell you about the person’s personality, etc. Would love to hear about granddaddy Sam Sr and Lula. You can email me taragregory.bgsw@yahoo.com

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    2. Hi Kelly! I’m Cheryl Williams..l love what Tara is doing. My father was LeRoy Williams..his fathet was Robert Williams and his wife was Deuverne Williams..she was a Native Indian. I’m from Michigan…Grandad and Grandma died in Michigan..but buried in Mississippi (Grandad). There were 4 Williams Boys and 1 Sister Nora. They lived on Southwest side of Detroit. The house is no longer there. One cousin Michelle Williams is the main link to our history…and her aging mother. There are a host of cousins Victor Williams Robert…Shirley…and some girls too. Cant recall names. But one is married to a Thomas Harris. Her maiden name is Williams.

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      1. Thanks, Cheryl! I do it for family as much as I do it for myself. Genealogy is close to my heart and I just love connecting with my cousins.

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  3. Hello,

    My name is Christina. Moma B (Lucy B. Sledge) was my greatgrandmother, Minne Rose Johnson is my grandmother one of Moma B’s daughter’s, my father’s name is Edwin Lee Johnson (AKA. Edward Lee), and my grandfather Andrew Lee Johnson (biological last name Anderson). I found all the information on Ancestry.com off of CaryAnn Hess’s Family tree.

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    1. I replied to your email and sent you some pictures in a separate email just a few minutes ago. If you see any family info that needs to be corrected, please let me know. Thanks!

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